What is your name and job title?
My name is Signy Kolbeinsdottir and I’m Tulipop’s Head Designer.
How would you describe this app?
Tulipop ABC is afun and quirky ABC app, which features Tulipop’s cute characters and magical world alongside interactive elements of play. Using the Tulipop ABC app, kids can learn the alphabet by the names of the letters, as well as hearing the phonetic sounds. At the same time, they can interact with fun and humorous animations unique to each letter, encouraging the process of learning through play. Tulipop’s quirky humour is sure to keep kids entertained and leave them wanting to visit the app again and again.
What do you think it takes to make an app covetable?
An app needs to be visibly good looking, colourful and chirpy, interactive, educational, and easy to use.
What would Junior readers enjoy most about the app?
I think Junior readers will appreciate that kids have a blast using the Tulipop ABC app while learning at the same time. As a mom I really want my kids to be doing something useful and educational on our iPad, but at the same time, an app needs to be fun and entertaining for kids to be willing to use it again and again. Our goal with the app, as with our gift and interior items, is to make both the kids and the parents happy.
What was the inspiration behind the app?
The inspiration was seeing my four year old daughter carry her framed Tulipop ABC poster around the living room, pointing to both her favorite Tulipop character and reading out the names of the letters. That convinced me that we really had to bring the poster to life through an interactive app.
How do you think we can use apps as more of a family bonding time, than a lone experience?
I think the key is to make apps that are appealing both to kids and adults so that . Both kids and parents appreciate beautifully designed and fun apps and it is important to try to make the moment in front of the app enjoyable, for example by carefully selecting the music and sounds so that it is kind to the ears of parents.
Why did you enter this book into the Junior Design Awards?
Because I think that Junior readers will appreciate an educational and fun app coming from a creative design led brand for children. Our app is a great learning tool for young kids and gives parents an opportunity to spend time with their children doing something useful.